Pork & Craft Beer Festival at The Topping Rose House

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This past Saturday, the Topping Rose House held its first annual Pork & Craft Beer Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like. The small luxury hotel in Bridgehampton is also home to a farm-to-table restaurant owned by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and run by executive chef Ty Kotz.

Kotz and crew, including chef de cuisine Kyle Koenig, who along with his wife Jessica created the event, put out an impressive spread where pork was undoubtedly the star. In lieu of flowers, each table’s centerpiece was a vase of homemade chicharrones and melt in your mouth bacon. Muffaletta sliders, four varieties of cut sausages including rich spicy andouille with creamy red beans, and crispy pork belly with chimichurri never ran low and remained artfully arranged all afternoon. However, the real standout was the pork belly schwarma. Tender roasted porchetta had a perfectly crunchy skin and was served with homemade potato rolls and pickles, which complemented the rich pork and added a sweet, tangy element.

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The craft beer menu included Long Ireland Beer Company, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Crooked Ladder Brewery, Montauk Brewing Company, Southampton Publick House and newly opened Moustache Brewing Co., operated by husband and wife Matt and Lauri Spitz; for now their beer is only available in the tasting room. Westerners Port Jeff Brewing Company and Great South Bay Brewery also took the trip, with the latter pouring their slightly reformulated Blonde Ambition, a light, summer beer with hints of peach.

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Port Jeff’s serving table was conveniently located across from the selection of charcuterie, much of it homemade, offered by the Topping Rose House chefs. Serrano ham and prosciutto were sliced paper thin and accompanied by grilled bread, mustard and pickled onions and spicy kimchi. Rich and decadent pate, rillette and head cheese paired nicely with the new Red Double IPA from Port Jeff Brewing, a beer full of malty, sweet notes with a backbone of hop bitterness.

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Mike Martinsen and Mike Doall from the Montauk Shellfish Company, who affectionately referred to themselves as the “Ben & Jerry’s of oysters”, were hard at work shucking all afternoon. Their fresh briny Montauk Pearls are one of a kind; the unique flavor comes from their environment and surface growing technique. Mignonette, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges were offered, though the oysters were flavorful enough to stand on their own. Greenport Harbor’s Cuvasion, a Belgian ale brewed using grapes from Martha Clara, offered a dry, wine like profile that accented the cool clean flavor of the oysters.

For a sweet finish, patrons snacked on freshly baked cookies crammed with chocolate chips, banana cream pie in a chocolate graham cracker shell, caramel corn and sweet and savory maple bacon candies. And to wash it all down was the small batch Miss Lady Root Beer, which was originally made by Rowdy Hall manager and home brewer Theo Foscolo.

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Attendees were able to meet the chefs and brewers who were happy to chat about their craft. The rustic setting of the barn at the Topping Rose House provided the ideal backdrop to showcase the delicious marriage between local beer and pork. Perhaps the typical pretzel necklace at beer festivals will soon be replaced by a bacon bracelet.

First published on Edible Long Island.

On Second Thought… Southampton Publick House WILL Release Their Russian Imperial Stout in 2013!!!

UPDATE: There are 450 bottles (750 ml) available for sale at the brewery. The brewmaster Evan Addario wanted to keep this hush, hush so those that frequent Southampton Publick House could grab some bottles. He didn’t want all of them to go to people who just show up when “rarities” are available. Head over to the brewery to get a bottle (2 bottle limit per person). Most importantly visit Southampton more frequently as Evan says he puts up one-offs often.

You may have read somewhere that Southampton Publick House would not be putting out their Russian Imperial Stout in 2013. Okay, it was here at Beer Loves Company where you may have read that. Well it seems that was a fib, or at least let’s say a glitch in the Matrix.

Last night we received an email from SHPH containing an invitation to a beer dinner for the release of their Biere de Mars (a 6.5% ABV Biere de Garde) and also, surprisingly, a 2013 edition of their Russian Imperial Stout. Having reported that this beer would not be released this year we were left kind of, well, thunderstruck. We quickly sent a late night email over to the Publick House to see why they had a change of heart and to see if there would be a release party for their RIS this year. Here is the response we received from their newly minted(ish) brewmaster Evan Addario.

“Hi,
I am sorry for the misunderstanding. This years plan was to brew the Russian Imperial Stout, but as we had no other rare, cellared beers, we could not put on a release party as we have in the past. We decided instead to have a beer dinner, as we do a couple of times a year. This one is focusing on the release of the Biere De Mars, our spring seasonal as well as the RIS. The plan is to have the RIS on tap for a week or so, as long as supplys last. I hope this answers your questions and I hope to see you guys out here for a glass.

Sincerely,
Evan Addario

Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-2800”

If you remember from our original article we spoke with Don Sullivan, the President of Southampton Publick House & Southampton Bottling LLC, who told us there would not be a release of RIS this year. Back then, Don said that he would pass our message along to Evan and we are glad that he ultimately came to us bearing good news.

Unlike previous years, the RIS will only be available on tap and only for a very limited time. So if you are not attending the beer dinner tonight, make it a point to get out there this weekend to partake in the small batch that is available. This is your one chance for Southampton Russian Imperial Stout this year, so don’t miss out. And hopefully the bottle release will be back, party and all, in 2014!

PS: Check out BJ Gamboa’s article over at Drinking Made Easy about the 2012 release. A little something to hold you over until next years experience.

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Southampton – A Photo Journal of Fall Festivities

After breaking the tragic news that the release of Southampton Publick House Russian Imperial Stout is cancelled for 2012, we decided a little levity was in order. We offer here a post collecting of images from our trip this past fall to Southampton. Over the last three years we have headed out to Eastern Long Island, before Halloween, with the intention to grab some pumpkins and try some beer. Our destinations have been Hank’s Pumpkintown (which was insanley packed this year) and Southampton Publick House. Last year we even stopped at Duck Walk Vineyards, which is across from Hanks’s, but this year we opted not to as it seemed like every parent out there decided to drown their sorrows in some vino.

Hank’s is located in Watermill NY and is a gigantic, epic, event of a pumpkin patch. There are several corn mazes, slides and a train which offers rides through the pumpkin patch. We took a walk around and ended up selecting two small sugar pumpkins. These two pumpkins made it home and eventually we carved them, like champions. Next we decided to leave Hank’s with its gaggle of grade schoolers and bleary eyed parents behind and head over to the Publick House for a few snacks and brews. The bar had a fair amount of people inside, the location has a bar/dining area as well as a dining room, but a table was secured without too much trouble.

A few specials were on the board as were two seasonals. We tried the Abbey Single, Pumpkin Ale and we split the Abbot 12. All of the beers were satisfying, refreshing and delicious. The single was a nice light take on a Belgian brew with subtle yeast, hop and spicy notes. The pumpkin ale had a nice body and spiciness to it (click for our review of the bottled version). The Abbot 12 is Southampton’s take on a Belgian Quad. This is a strong ale featuring of dark fruit, alcohol, yeast and sweet accents. We actually were served this brew in a pint glass which at 10.5% ABV is a large serving and the reason we split it. The food we had was standard bar food which worked well in the setting and hit the spot. An overall successful trip. We suggest you head out to Southampton Publick House and Hank’s when the season rolls back around. Now here are the pictures you were promised (sorry for the long rambling rundown). Enjoy!

 

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Tragedy Dear Friends, Southampton Publick House Cancels 2013 Russian Imperial Stout Release

Dear Reader,

We here at Beer Loves Company have tragic, tragic news to report. This year Southampton Publick House has decided to cancel their Russian Imperial Stout release. You may be thinking (perhaps bellowing aloud) a gut-wrenching, “NOOOOOOO!!!!!”, we understand your pain. The BLC gang was eager to enlist some fellow beer lovers, pack up the car, wake up before dawn and stand in line for the release of Southampton Publick House Russian Imperial Stout. Unfortunately we all will have to wait until 2014.

We started planning for this event this past summer. As we sat on a beach savoring glasses of Smuttynose Farmhous Ale and relaxing, dreams of delightful, dark, delicious beer danced in our heads. Deciding we should find out when the actual day of release would be we placed a call to the Publick House. The helpful staff member on the other end of the line told us that the release would be the last week in January, as it has been. Time passed, seasons changed and we decided once again to see if we could get an exact date for the event. The website for Southampton Publick House was updated over this time but no mention of the RIS appeared. It was time to send an email. We decided to issue one to Don Sullivan, the president of SHPH. The response we received (which follows) was unexpected and sad. Here dear reader, is the full content of Mr. Sullivan’s message. We will let him explain everything to you (and give you a smack of hope).

“Hi A+K,

I’m sorry to say we will not be hosting a release party this year due to
many challenges and new programs we’ve instituted this past year.

We’ve hosted a release party for 10 years or more consecutively, so I’m sad
to say we’re not able to do so this year. however, I am eager to let you
know that we will begin to brew, bottle and store many small batch brews
this winter with the intent on reintroducing the Release Party in January
2014 bigger and better than ever.

To be honest, scarcity is what makes these beers worth lining up for in the
cold and I’d rather skip a year so that the quality of our offerings stay
true to our mission.

Hopefully you’ll keep us on your calendar as a year goes pretty darned
quickly.

Cheers,

Don Sullivan
President
Southampton Publick House
Southampton Bottling, LLC”